Austin appointed to three-year board term for nationally-recognized professional association of leading CPA firms, consulting firms and technology vendors
Bainbridge Island, WA – August 19, 2013 – Avalara, www.avalara.com, the market leading provider of sales tax and compliance automation services in the cloud, today announced that Brian Austin, Director of Accountant & Industry Relations at Avalara has been appointed to a 3-year term on the Information Technology Alliance (ITA) Board of Directors, effective September 1, 2013.
The only U.S. organization solely focused on sharing information and building relationships that improve the way its member firms and their clients conduct and build business, ITA is comprised of the nation’s top technology consultants, the top 30 accounting firms, and leading technology vendors serving the accounting marketplace.
Avalara has been a member of ITA since 2005; Austin has been involved in the ITA community since 2003. This appointment follows Austin’s recent service on several ITA committees in recent years including the Marketing and Communications Committee, the ITA Leadership Alliance Committee, and the Onsite Committee where he led the Vendor Member services outreach during ITA’s twice annual meetings. Throughout his career, Austin has held a number of key positions in public relations, helping internal and external audiences understand the role public relations plays in opinion, reputation management and brand awareness. He has worked with many of the accounting profession’s “who’s who” of vendors and providers, as well as one-on-one with Big 4, regional and local accounting and consulting firms.
“We are very proud of Brian and his volunteer service with ITA, and couldn’t ask for a better individual to represent Avalara to this community,” said Scott McFarlane, Founder and CEO at Avalara. “We continue to value our involvement in ITA, both because of the way the organization helps shape and influence the accounting-reseller-vendor paradigm, and because of our shared belief in the ITA credo that knowledge increases in value when shared. We are confident that Brian will have a valuable impact over the next three years while serving on the Board, and we’re pleased as an organization to be more fully involved in ITA as it grows and continues to succeed in its core mission.”
“ITA Board Members are elected based on their commitment and contributions to the organization and their ability to help the organization develop plans and initiatives to provide increased value to our membership,” said Stan Mork, ITA President. “Brian has demonstrated his commitment to the ITA through his past involvement in a variety of ITA initiatives and his passion for what our organization stands for. I look forward to working with Brian during his Board term.”
Founded in 2004, Avalara pioneered a service-based platform for sales tax and compliance automation and has been recognized for years as one of America’s fastest growing technology firms. The company’s cloud solutions help thousands of customers stay focused on their core businesses by providing automated end to end compliance services including sales and use tax calculation, exemption certificate management, filing and remittance, and a broad array of related services.
Avalara built its technology platform and extensive user base using internal expertise and the strategic acquisition of industry leading organizations, technologies, and personnel. Operating behind the scenes via seamless integration with virtually any business management system, Avalara delivers fast, easy, accurate, and affordable solutions for companies of any size.
On the international front, the company supports nearly countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim. It serves thousands of registered users globally and calculates VAT, sales and use taxes on one billion transactions annually. The company employs nearly 500 professionals at its headquarters on Bainbridge Island, WA and offices in Seattle WA; Irvine, San Diego and Rocklin, CA; Falls Church, VA; Raleigh, NC; Harrisburg, PA; and Pune, India. For more information, visit www.avalara.com.
The ITA is an independent, not for profit, professional association of leading CPA firms, consulting firms and technology vendors whose purpose is to share information and build relationships that improve the way its member firms, and their clients, do business. Because the ITA membership roster consists of some of the most highly regarded mid-market technology professionals, consultants, and product/service providers, ITA often employs its collective influence to act as an authoritative voice for the IT profession. The ITA membership shares the common goal of providing products and/or services to the small and mid-sized business community. For more information on ITA, go to www.italliance.com.